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Philadelphia School Partnership gives $2 million to new public high school

The organization is donating $2.6 million in grant funding to create 850 new seats in what it deems high-performing schools. Building 21, a new district-run high school opening this year, will receive $2 million from the grant in startup cash over four years.

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Incentive programs to boost attendance produce promising results

The Pittsburgh Public Schools have teamed with several organizations to boost attendance by providing both a better environment for kids and incentivizing them to go to school. While elementary school absentee rates have substantially decreased, creating a similar system for middle and high schools students will be more challenging.

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New Jersey has a chance to provide better schools and jobs

Gov. Chris Christie has a golden opportunity to put New Jersey’s building and construction trades­people to work modernizing our schools and making them safe, energy-efficient, productive learning environments.

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Minn. board approves five-year strategic plan

The St. Paul board backed a five-year strategic plan the district dubbed Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2.0. The approval came without the intense debate triggered by Superintendent Valeria Silva's original Strong Schools proposal three years ago.

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Kansas district prepares for full takeover of troubled virtual high school

At the end of the last semester, the Lawrence district took over management of Lawrence Virtual High School from K12 Inc., a private company that had been running the school, after it posted a graduation rate of just 26.3 percent. The move comes as district officials begin to question the effectiveness of virtual schools generally.

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Making music with Little Kids Rock, Berklee College of Music and N.Y.

Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music are partnering with New York City's Department of Education to expand the district’s Modern Band music program to an additional 60,000 students in 600 city schools. The donated services and resources for the "Amp Up NYC" initiative are estimated at $10 million.

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At a N.Y. school started by parents, uncertainty about how to include them

Midway through Highbridge Green School’s first year, parents and educators are grappling with what parent involvement will look like going forward with daily operations and long-term visions. The middle school's creation was spurred by United Parents of Highbridge, a group that was lobbying New York City to create a middle school.

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$100M in West Virginia building requests with $45M award cap

Districts across the state asked the West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) for funding for various projects. A total of 19 counties plan to ask for funding, adding up to over $100 million in requests, with the SBA only planning to award about $45 million.

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Portland Public Schools plans to hire 180

Under a new proposed plan, Portland Public Schools is looking to add 150 teachers and about 30 other staff members next year. Superintendent Carole Smith said an improving economy and property tax revenue will allow the district to increase spending by about $20 million.

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Missouri’s schools underfunded by $656 million

Missouri’s K12 schools are underfunded by $656 million in the 2013-2014 school year, according to a study from the Missouri Budget Project. The study, which uses the state’s “foundation formula” adopted by lawmakers in 2005, says funding for this year is 17 percent below its required level.

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